1. a cow-rustler, a person who steals or rebrands cattle.
|DA].Story of the Cowboy 279: A genuine rustler was called a ‘waddy,’ a name difficult to trace to its origins [|
|Brand Blotters (1912) 36: I see. I’m a waddy and a thief, but you’re going to protect me for old time’s sake. That’s the play, is it?|
|Cowboy 313: The movement had also militant apostles in the ‘waddies,’ men faithful to the illegal art of rustling.|
2. a cowboy, esp. a temporary cowhand.
|‘Top Hand’ in Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 336: He rides a fancy horse, he is a favorite man, / Can get more credit than a common waddie can [...] From the top to the bottom, he’s a bold jackass, / Waddie cowboy.et al.|
|in Trail Drivers of Texas (1963) I 331: A cowboy is a ‘waddy’ or ‘screw’ or ‘buckaroo.’.|
|Wild West Weekly 22 Oct. [Internet] The young waddy felt the two guns poked in his back.‘Rope Meat’ in|
|letter 10 July in Charters I (1995) 159: The real work of castration of steers is the work of waddies, or vaqueros in Cal.|
|Indep. Record (Helena, MT) 9 Oct. 3/7: Other westerners might be hay waddies (hay field workers) [...].|